Timo Riihonen, born in 1983, is one of the most interesting young basses to come from Finland in recent years. He has already sung in important opera houses and concert halls around the world.
He studied in his native Finland and continued in the International Opera Studio in Zürich, after which he joined the ensemble of Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 2009 to start his professional career. From Düsseldorf Timo Riihonen moved to Opernhaus Kiel where he was offered the possibility to sing and developed his skills as an artist and singer. He got to know the core repertoire of an operatic bass and prepare himself for the future.
Timo Riihonen has already made his debut in Teatro alla Scala, Staatsoper Berlin, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Berlin Filharmonie, Moscow Filharmonie etc. and in 2016 he made his debut at Bayreuth Festival. He will return to Bayreuth in 2017 and 2018.
Timo Riihonen has a passion for opera and chamber music a like. In recent years, he has been a regular guest in Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, performing with the best musicians in the world. For him, music is the story of all of us and it is a priviledge to be a storyteller and a listener.With an impressive stature of 2 meters, he towers over his colleagues and is an amazing figure on stage.